Jennifer Connelly said she had a 'crippling fear of flying' before filming 'Top Gun: Maverick'

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Jennifer Connelly will appear in "Top Gun: Maverick" later this year. Amy Sussman/Getty Images
  • Jennifer Connolly said she wasn't supposed to be in any flying scenes in "Top Gun: Maverick."

  • She was in a P51 plane with Tom Cruise, however, for a simple "taxiing" scene on a runway.

  • Cruise then told her that she was going to be up in the air doing acrobatic flying.

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Tom Cruise, star of the upcoming "Top Gun: Maverick," is famous for his love of stunts, and loved flying whilst shooting the new "Top Gun" sequel.

But his costar Jennifer Connolly did not feel the same way.

Appearing on "The Graham Norton Show," Connolly said that she actually had "a crippling fear of flying" before she filmed "Top Gun: Maverick."

"What I was afraid to tell Tom at the time was, I had just recently decided to think myself out of a really crippling fear of flying that I suffered from for years," Connolly said.

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Tom Cruise in "Top Gun: Maverick." Paramount Pictures

The Oscar-winner told Norton that when she signed on to do the movie, her character wasn't involved in any flying and her scenes were only ever on land or on water, but never in the air. However, there was one scene where she and Cruise were "taxiing on a runway in a plane together," but no flying was supposed to be involved.

"Tom and I were shooting that scene. The plane, the P51, was tiny. The cockpit was right here, my knees were up against his back. He was like 'Jen, have you ever been in a plane like this before?' I was like 'no, no, I haven't Tom. It's amazing,'" Connolly said.

"He was like 'ever done any acrobatic flying before?' I was starting to get nervous. 'No, why? Will I be doing some?'"

Connolly continued: "He was like 'It's going to be very graceful, very elegant rolls. It's going to be nice and easy.' That's where I found out I was going to be up in the P51 with Tom flying it."

In the same show, Cruise spoke about his love of stunts, telling Norton that he has been told to stop smiling while carrying out the stunts before.

There are set to be plenty of stunts in "Top Gun: Maverick," which is scheduled to release on November 19, 2021, after being pushed back from a Fourth of July weekend release date.

Cruise said that he worked seven days a week in order to complete the "Top Gun" sequel plus "Mission Impossible 7," which will be released next year on May 27.

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